hel·​lion | \ ˈhel-yən How to pronounce hellion (audio) \

Definition of hellion

: a troublesome or mischievous person

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Examples of hellion in a Sentence

My children can act like little hellions when they're bored. the little hellions were tearing through the house squirting their water pistols
Recent Examples on the Web My kids seemed adorable, completely unlike the hellions who made me pull the car over on the Henry Hudson Parkway just hours earlier and threaten them with military school. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "This Shop Makes Me Want to Move to Westchester and Subsist on Mushroom Coffee Alone," 4 Nov. 2019 Detroit Police have a message for a band of hellions responsible for flinging scooters into the Detroit River, rolling the contraptions downhill in an attempt to knock people down and pushing a man to the ground. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Viral video shows youth tossing scooters into Detroit River, damaging property," 23 Aug. 2019 Even Dogtown skateboard legend Tony Alva, once a hellion of rebellion, has come to embrace inner peace through daily meditation (and still rips on his board at age 61). Barbara Odanaka, latimes.com, "A guide to L.A.’s best skate parks," 7 June 2019 And Emma, unlike Laura, is a hellion with little interest in order or routine. Constance Grady, Vox, "Laura and Emma is a ferociously restrained novel that turns its quietness into a weapon," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hellion

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hellion

probably alteration (influenced by hell) of hallion scamp

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The first known use of hellion was in 1787

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“Hellion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellion. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellion

US, informal : a person (especially a child) who behaves badly

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